South Korea confirmed its first cases of H1N1 influenza in swine on December 14, according to The Korea Times. The virus was present in blood samples from pigs in Gyeonggi province and North Gyeongsang province.

The country’s Ministry for Food, Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries said it would not be culling the herds, but infected pigs will be quarantined for three weeks. It said there is little concern about the infection worsening the H1N1 epidemic among humans, which has killed more than 100 Koreans but appears to be on the wane, The Korea Times reports.


An estimated 9.2 million pigs are being raised on 7,700 farms in South Korea, according to the newspaper.